General Practice Clinic
The General Practice Clinic focuses on representing and advocating for survivors of domestic violence. Student attorneys take on a mix of advocacy projects in the DC legal community and direct client representation in family law litigation cases. Student attorneys work in teams, under the supervision of clinic faculty, to engage as the primary legal team on their client or advocacy work. Students engaged in litigation prepare each stage of the litigation process, including drafting pleadings, preparing pre-trial motions and discovery, negotiating with opposing parties or counsel, and, when applicable, bringing the case to trial. Students working on advocacy projects are in direct discussion with stakeholders, working to make a concrete impact on improving access to justice for survivors.
In the clinic seminar, students develop the legal skills and knowledge necessary to complete their case and project work, including client interviewing and counseling, client-centered lawyering, professional responsibility and ethics, negotiation skills, evidence, and components of trial practice. Students also have opportunities to reflect on and discuss, as a law firm, their experiences in case and project work, and work together to refine their approach to legal problem-solving, decision-making, and the exercise of professional judgment.
The General Practice Clinic is particularly valuable for students who may choose to become solo or small firm general practitioners, focus on family law, or seek employment with non-profit law firms that serve low-income persons.
UDC Law’s Clinicians, all tenured or tenure-track Professors of Law, not only work daily to practice law, promote justice and change lives with our students
Prof. Andrew Budzinski received the COVID-19 Hero Award from DC SAFE (Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment) at their annual gala last week at The Eleanor DC. Budzinski
Throughout the Spring 2022 semester, General Practice Family Defense Clinic students have represented mothers whose housing conditions present health concerns for their children.